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Hyper-realistic robot launches new season of Westworld

Posted on April 18th, 2018 in branded content,Entertainment Brands,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Television PR.

Streaming service NOW TV has glimpsed into the future of marketing by promoting the return of dark odyssey Westworld using a hyper-realistic humanoid robot, inspired by the show’s artificially intelligent “hosts”.

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Watch the behind the scenes creation of Fred the robot here: https://youtu.be/PoH71gYipL4

Watch Fred the robot interacting with the public here: https://youtu.be/Z7_2iC_Y_a0

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 NOW TV commissioned five engineers from robotics company Engineered Arts to build ‘Fred the Robot’ who is modelled on a real 55 year old male, named Tedroy Newell.

Over twelve weeks the team developed several hundred thousand lines of computer code and tens of thousands of components, including a sophisticated metal skeleton, silicone skin, real hair and solid acrylic eyes, all 3D-scanned from Tedroy to bring Fred to life.

Research commissioned by NOW TV, polling 2000 British adults, revealed that more than two thirds (69%) of Brits are worried or fearful at the prospect of robots taking over their jobs, while 40% believe a robot could do their job just as well if not better than them.

To field test Fred, NOW TV rigged a London pub with hidden cameras and planted Fred in the bar to see if he could beguile the public, a nod to the show’s central premise where humans interact with artificially intelligent robots indistinguishable from humans.

Relaxed in the bar, the android struck up conversations with unsuspecting members of the public, telling them about Westworld on NOW TV.

Reactions from pub goers ranged from startled confusion to fear and unease as they digested a series of weighty questions including ‘what are your thoughts on the impending humanoid robot invasion?’, and laid witness to a scheduled malfunction in which Fred starts to glitch before dramatically shattering a pint glass.

Fred’s human-like interactions were controlled by Engineered Arts’ telepresence system, which uses inbuilt sensors, cameras and microphones to track what and how people interact.

He then responded appropriately with emphasised gestures and punctuated speech voiced by a remote operator. He was created to engage in natural conversation in real time as a human would.

 Emma Quartly, marketing director at NOW TV, said: “We are still a long way away from creating artificially intelligent hosts as sophisticated as those in Westworld, but to celebrate the show’s return we wanted to give the general public a little taste of what is possible.

 Fred is the next generation in human-like robotics and so it seemed fitting to hand the show’s promotion over to him. Needless to say, there were some stunned reactions…especially when in true Westworld style he starts to glitch.”

 55 year old Londoner Tedroy Newell, who the robot was modelled on, said: “Seeing yourself in robot form is a very, very strange experience. I’m honestly amazed at how realistic they were able to make it look – you can barely tell us apart. Not many people have had the chance to meet their ‘robotic twin’ so it’s very cool to have been a part of this project for NOW TV.”

 The stunt was located at The Prince Alfred public house in Maida Vale.

Egg-citing! A Creme egg Pop-Up wonderland opens in London

Posted on January 25th, 2018 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,snackfood PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Despite the gloom and rather shocking weather, thankfully Crème Eggs are back on the shelves as Easter is just on the horizon.

Hunting around for random objects around the house is often not the most of exciting activities over the winter. Cadbury’s aims to celebrate “hunting season” with the first Easter egg hunt of the year.

The Crème Egg camp pop-up has returned at the Last Days of Shoreditch and will be giving visitors a chance to go hunting for Cadbury’s inspired food.

Woodland Waffles, Forest top Fongoo, Campfire Cookies and Fire-pit Toasties are just some of the woodland camp themed food on offer as well as the sought after white Crème Eggs, although the ones at the camp are not associated with the promotional offer, where one could win you a cash prize.

The camp does seem to signal the start of the run-up to Easter which seems to get earlier with each passing year.

The pop-up is bigger than it has ever been and has a huge capacity of 4,000 people that could be part of Cadbury’s hunt.

To take part in the hunt at the Crème Egg camp you will have to pay the £5 entry fee, the larger scale of the pop up aims to bring in more people than last year and it goes on for longer.

The pop-up camp will be around until the 18th February and will bring in the “hunting” season in a fun and inventive way as we look forward to Easter.

@fredblagden

A drizzle of RAP to go with your Peri-Peri chicken? Welcome to Nando’s new recording studio!

Posted on January 17th, 2018 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Food and Drink PR,Leisure PR,Music PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Fancy listening to some upbeat tunes whilst munching on some Peri-Peri drizzled chicken wings? You’re in luck! Nando’s has recently launched their first recording studio in the London Frith Street Branch in Soho to give up-and-coming musicians a professional experience using state-of-the-art equipment including a Neumann U87 microphone.

Open five days a week, the studio will not only support up-and-coming artists but, also, give Nando’s diners a PERINAISE-ING source of entertainment while consuming their meal as they will be able to observe expert lead workshops and private recording sessions through a glass window.

Nando’s have created an online application for aspiring artists with questions including; “What do you want to achieve with your time at the Nando’s studio?” and “Imagine if you could invite any artist to share a Peri-Peri platter with in the Nando’s studio. Who would you choose and why?”.

Successful applicants will be offered a chance to use the studio equipped with an Apple iMac containing ready-to-use Waves Platinum Bundle software or attend an expert run mentoring workshop!

So, if you’re ever bored of the basic lemon and herb chicken, spice it up and get some expert advice from the Peri-Peri best musicians in the industry in the new Nando’s recording studio, or just sit in for the show!

@milknhoneybabyy

Ur-ine for a Discount: Ikea offers money off for mums-to-be…. if they wee on their advert

Posted on January 10th, 2018 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Pregnant mothers could be getting a brand new Ikea crib for a rather low price after Ikea’s rather…unconventional promotion of their crib.

It’s not everyday that peeing on a magazine can save you some money but Ikea are asking pregnant mothers to do just that similar to a pregnancy test.

The new advert is running in the popular Swedish women’s lifestyle magazine Amelia and the novel and sort of gross way of bagging yourself a bargain has been developed by Mercene Labs.

Peeing on an advert to claim a prize may not be the most usual way of offering a discount on the crib but it certainly is an interesting one. Having to carry the wet magazine after revealing the prize reserved for pregnant mothers may not be a particularly appealing proposition but the discounted crib may provide incentive enough, having already gone through peeing on the innovative advert.

This has brought a whole new interactive element to the advertising campaign for Ikea by providing this urine activated coupon.

The unusual advert may split opinion with some people disgusted and others delighted at Ikea’s urine centric advertisement. But one things for sure, it will definitely get them talking!

Unfortunately for those who are a big fan of the advert it’s currently only an offer for mothers-to-be in Sweden. So for now we will just have to carry on buying full priced cribs and peeing in the toilet.

@fredblagden

Sure to be a banging hit: Pornhub creates a buzz with new sex toy symphony

Posted on November 10th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Music PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

We all know that sex sells when it comes to music, from risqué lyrics subtly (or not so subtly) referencing making the beast with two backs to the scantily clad, gyrating dancers gracing our screens in music videos. But Pornhub have taken this a step further to brighten up your Friday and put a smile on your face with a very special music video all of their own.

The two and a half minute 100% NSFW video titled “Sex Instruments” has been created to announce a new partnership with adult shop Ann Summers. It sees a whole host of their sex toys from the new range contributing to the created cacophony with vibrators setting the melody, anal beads doubling as drum sticks and finally some extra squelching courtesy of some flesh lights just for good measure.

Of course the music video would be incomplete without the two adult actors adding in harmonious moaning and the odd refrain of “I am so horny, it’s crazy, crazy, CRAZY!” we did warn you it was NSFW!

So with the holidays just around the corner why not pick up some of their new offerings to the comfort of your bedroom and make some sweet music of your own.

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